Gosselin claims fifth at Tri-County HUDSON, NC -- "Super" Mario Gosselin spread the mustard over the 32-car starting field of the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250, as he piloted the W.J. Plemons Risk Management Chevrolet to his fifth victory this...
Gosselin claims fifth at Tri-County
HUDSON, NC -- "Super" Mario Gosselin spread the mustard over the 32-car starting field of the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250, as he piloted the W.J. Plemons Risk Management Chevrolet to his fifth victory this season, in the USAR Hooters ProCup Series at Tri-County Motor Speedway.
Starting from his fifth Discount Auto Parts Pole position of the year, Gosselin rocketed into the lead at the start and held the field at bay for the first 101 circuits of the race. After relinquishing the lead to Series point leader Bobby Gill, the Lake Wales, FL, resident charged to take the lead back on lap 120 after dropping to tenth following a pit stop and never looked back, going on to collect his fifth Lucas Oil Halfway Leader Bonus this season.
"This is a real tribute to how hard this W.J. Plemons Risk Management/DGM Motorsports Chevrolet team works," said Gosselin. "I really have to thank the guys on the team for doing an awesome job with the car, Billy Hess for a great chassis and Automotive Specialists for some outstanding engines."
Gosselin's domination moves him to second in the Hooters ProCup Series points standings, just 44 points behind Gill. He led for a total 232 laps with a 1.38-second margin of victory over runner-up Michael Ritch. The State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250 victory marks Gosselin's 15th career victory in 41 starts with a .365-winning percentage.
Michael Ritch made an attempt to catch Gosselin in the closing stages of the 250-lap event.
"I really wanted to get the Jackaroo Sauces Chevrolet close enough to play with Mario, said Ritch. "We just did not have anything for him. I'm just really glad that we were able to finish the race this week without tearing anything up. We should have made up some lost ground in the points."
Ritch was able to move back into the fifth position in the standings, 352 points behind the leader and only 167 points behind fourth place Mike Laughlin, Jr.
Laughlin started the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250 24th in the Valenite Ford Taurus but was able to drive his way to a third-place finish and collect the W.J. Plemons Hard Charger Award.
"We didn't have anything for Mario," said Laughlin. "I'm glad that we were able to get up to the front as good as we did after our run of luck earlier today."
The Laughlin Racing Products Team had to go to a back up engine before qualifying after something broke in the primary motor during practice and sent the team scrambling to get it replaced.
"After we got the engine replaced we developed an ignition problem and had to work on that too," said Laughlin.
Gill retains the Series points lead after posting a fourth-place finish in the event in the Naturally Fresh Foods Ford Taurus. Gill was the only other driver to earn points for leading the race.
Mardy Lindley will cash in a $1,000 check for being the Miller Lite Rookie of the Race. Lindley's Aloe Lu Ya Pontiac finished 10th, putting himself 47 points in front of Steve Christian for the $10,000 Miller Lite Rookie of the Year Challenge.
The State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250 at Tri-County Motor Speedway yielded eight times for 46 laps of caution. Catch all the action from Tri-County Motor Speedway and the State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250 on Speedvision Friday, August 15th at 9 p.m.
The next USAR Hooters ProCup Series action will be at the South Boston Motor Speedway in South Boston, VA, August 21 with the green flag dropping at 7:30 p.m.
State Fair Brand Corn Dogs 250
Tri-County Motor Speedway-August 6, 1999
Fin Start Car Driver Hometown Sponsor Car Run Led 1 1 10 Mario Gosselin Lake Wales, FL W.J. Plemons Investments Chevrolet 250 232 2 8 23 Michael Ritch High Point, NC Jackaroo Sauces Chevrolet 250 0 3 24 7 Mike Laughlin Jr. Simpsonville, SC Valenite Tool/Muzzy Broadhead Ford 250 0 4 7 5 Bobby Gill Dalton, GA Naturally Fresh Dressings & Dips Ford 250 18 5 18 21 Derrick Kelley Auburndale, FL Discount Auto Parts Chevrolet 250 0 6 10 47 Andy Thurman Concord, NC Naturally Fresh Mountain Spring Water Ford 250 0 7 5 4 Jay Fogleman Durham, NC JFCO Motorsports Ford 250 0 8 20 27 Johnny Rumley Winston Salem,NC Rcae Scan/Bob Huff Chevrolet Chevrolet 250 0 9 14 77 Jerry Rector Fountain Inn, SC Red's Grill Chevrolet 250 0 10 12 05 Mardy Lindley Taylors, SC Aloe Lu-Ya Pontiac 250 0 11 19 16 Brian Sockwell Brown Summit, NC IRMO Grading Chevrolet 250 0 12 2 36 Trent Owens Harrisburg, NC Richard Petty Driving Experience Pontiac 249 0 13 26 37 Don Sprouse Greenville, SC Laughlin Racing Products Ford 248 0 14 29 14 Charlie Ford Charles City, VA Sun Graphics Chevrolet 248 0 15 25 09 Jabe Jones Martin, GA Coors Light Chevrolet 248 0 16 22 99 Chris Diamond Hickory, NC Flame No More/Carechem Corp Chevrolet 247 0 17 9 0 Steve Christian Sugar Hill, GA Lucas Oil Products Chevrolet 244 0 18 32 57 Joe Harrison, Jr. Renick, WV Harrison's Automotive Chevrolet 244 0 19 30 25 Scott Wimmer Wausau, WI Jackaroo Gold Sauces Chevrolet 242 0 20 15 39 Chad Beahr Mechanicsville, VA Fidelity Printing, Inc. Ford 242 0 21 28 1 John Kinder Greenville,SC Hawk Saw Blades/MultiMedia Graphics Chevrolet 239 0 22 4 32 Randy Porter Easley, SC Porter Motorsports Ford 196 0 23 6 55 Shane Huffman Claremont, NC Galaxie Foods Chevrolet 163 0 24 3 73 Jeff Agnew Floyd, VA Twin City Motor Exchange Chevrolet 113 0 25 23 12 Tim Edwards Arden, NC Edwards Racing Chevrolet 89 0 26 27 8 Jimmy McClain Iron Station, NC J & J Motor Ventures Chevrolet 76 0 27 16 15 Bill Plemons Jr. Locust Grove,GA Hooters Restaurants Chevrolet 66 0 28 17 95 Stacy Vicars St. Paul, VA H H Hunt Chevrolet 54 0 29 13 08 Dexter Canipe Lenoir, NC C & T Classics Chevrolet 51 0 30 11 30 Mart Nesbitt Asheville, NC State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Chevrolet 20 0 31 21 07 Tim Clayton Inman, SC Budweiser Chevrolet 8 0 32 31 22 Karen Schulz Statesville, NC Bennett's/Race Scan Chevrolet 1 0
# of cautions - 8 total, Laps under caution - 46, Total time of race - 1:38:00,
Margin of victory - 1.38 seconds
Lap Leaders - 1-101 Mario Gosselin, 102-119 Bobby Gill, 120-250 Mario Gosselin
Discount Auto Parts Pole - $1,000 - Mario Gosselin Lucas Oil Products Halfway Leader - $1,000 - Mario Gosselin W.J. Plemons Hard Charger - $500 - Mike Laughlin, Jr. Miller Lite Rookie of the Race - $1,000 - Mardy Lindley